STAUNCH environmentalist and sustainability advocate Costa Georgiadis is special guest at the official opening of Port Macquarie's community garden The Lost Plot on Sunday.
The ABC television Gardening Australia host is a champion of community gardens and will be an inspiration to many who have never considered getting their hands dirty to grow their own produce.
Scarecrows can be dropped off from 9am until 9.45am before activites begin at 10.30am with the official ceremony.
The school children have been creating the scarecrows in recent weeks from recycled objects.
Be prepared to learn about growing from seeds, the nutritional benefits of raw food, worm farming, and other helpful hints.
The children can get involved, too, with fun gardening activities, active play, and a story-telling circle hosted by Sea Acres Rainforest Centre.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council encourages community members to walk, ride or catch Busways route 325 bus from Port Central Shopping Centre at 9.12pm and 11.12pm.
Council's healthy communities coordinator Maya Spannari also advises people to wear a hat and sunscreen, take a water bottle, blanket or camp chair, and gardening gloves, if they want to get involved in a workshop.
Wholesome food will be up for sale but attendees can bring their own lunch.
Georgiadis will also officially launch a new seed lending initiative and the small community garden at Port Macquarie Library on Monday.
The seed lending library, established as part of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's Move Eat Live Well program, is one of the first of its kind in Australia.
The official ceremony starts at 11am with guests invited to stay for a healthy morning tea, learn more about the seed lending library and inspect progress of the library community garden.
Free seeds will be offered on loan to library members, encouraging them to grow fresh, healthy food.
Those people who harvest the high-quality, non-hybrid seeds are asked to return some of them to the library.
People will also be asked to share excess seeds, seedlings and produce with their local community gardens, neighbours and services such as soup kitchens and refuges.
Library staff will manage the cataloguing, storage and loan process and will develop educational tools to teach people how to successfully grow from seed.
The garden will be managed and maintained by volunteers and library staff will develop educational resources and run gardening workshops.
Residents who want to get involved can contact Brendan McDonald at Port Macquarie Library on 6581 8755.